The “24 heures de l’INSA” is definitely the biggest event on the campus, and even the most important students festival in France. This event takes place at the end of May during a whole weekend, and brings together well-known artists, incredible sportsmen and more than 10,000 visitors a day !
Created in 1972, i.e. 15 years after the INSA’s foundation, the 24 heures de l’INSA is now fully part of the school’s identity, although its organizations and main goals have evolved throughout the years. Indeed, the event takes its name from a sports competition that appeared years ago : for 24 hours straight, sportsmen were biking around the campus and had to get the highest score (the best bikers travel more than 800 km !). Today, this tradition still takes place during the festival and isn’t restricted to biking : a 24h-long foot race, as well as a 24h-triathlon are organized and open to eveyone who wants to participate. And if you don’t take part in the races, plenty of activities are also set during the day (dance shows, theater plays, outdoor activities, etc.).
But the 24h de l’INSA isn’t only for sportsmen. Actually, the concerts at night draw visitors the most. For two nights, about 20 artists perform on the 3 stages of the festival. Well-known musicians, rising stars, techno music or rock bands, there is something for every taste !
Also fully organized by an INSA students association, this event is outstanding by its magnitude but as well by the large staff crew it necessitates. The core of the organization is made of about 80 voluntary students who work all year long to organize the festival : invitations to the artists, rent of materials for the concert stages and bars, plans for water and electricity flows, etc. But the crew isn’t bound to the association members : as the event approaches, the association hires not less than 100 volunteer students to help on the festival, and also a few others as part of the technical crew.
So don’t forget to buy your tickets for the concerts and take part in the races ! And if you want to help and discover the backstage of the biggest festival of the campus, don’t hesitate to sign in as a crew member. You’ll be more than welcome !
Visit the 24h’s official website : www.24heures.org